The White Draw Fire reached 95% containment yesterday before the experiencing copious rain during the evening and overnight. Today’s plan is to continue mop up and work toward 100% containment in preparation for turning the fire over to a Type 3 team. The rain should help speed this effort considerably.
The White Draw Fire is 8,900 acres. Demobilization continues and many resources will be released today. Rehabilitation has started on containment lines. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is being established to assess rehabilitation needs.
The Black Hills National Forest issued a temporary closure order for the White Draw Fire. This closure is needed to provide for public health and safety by limiting nonessential use by the public during the White Draw Fire activities. Exempted from the order are local residents, persons with permits, and persons involved with the firefighting operations.
The White Draw Fire is located approximately five miles northeast of Edgemont, burning primarily on National Forest lands in a mix of grasslands and timber. Please remember that this fire is impacting a relatively small area and there are still many recreational opportunities in the Black Hills.
The information staff will be at the Edgemont Conoco Station from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. to answer any questions from the public about the fires. Friday will be the last day a staff person will be at the Conoco.
The firefighters would like to thank the community of Edgemont for their amazing support. Many community members have donated delicious cookies, breads, cake, and other treats. The city of Edgemont community pool has been made available and many of you have stopped to say thanks. It means a lot to the firefighters to have the support of the locals and we appreciate it!